As you may know from my previous post, my new obsession started with the Be All End All failure. I told you it would get stuck in my craw and now I am formulating a Stronghold training circuit. I have carried the number 5 cam with me for 4 weeks. Yesterday, I carried the 6 cam which means this illness is getting worse.
Where will this all lead me? I want to climb Abracadaver but my husband told me he will only climb it with me if I can switch pitches. Which means I either get the off width or the 11- finger. Since I will never be able to lead 11- fingers I have opted for the off width which is just as bad and the start of my problems.
Learning to climb in alpine tradition has engrained in me that I should master every technique at a grade till I get to move on to the next. This includes off widths. This may take months, for you more gifted people, or years and years and years in my case. Because of this practice my climbing has never improved ….but that is another story.
This story is about the weird, awkward, and painful gruntfests that I am going to get on to prepare myself for Abra this fall when the domes open up again. After all this training who knows, maybe I will lead every pitch! Or I will get so consumed by this guidebook writing that it will never happen. But if you have the same goal, you can follow my circuit here as I explore the less known but equally important climbs of the Stronghold. I have climbed 6 already and am just editing photos so I can get them to you. Encourage me, bleed with me or lend me your big cams because next up is Shake and Bake.